Record drawings accurately record a building prior to the commencement of a conservation study or before re-development.
Record drawings are usually done as a basis to consider alterations and as an exercise in appreciation of the architectural design of the building. They are essential if we are going to think about discussing change. Spending time on site in this initial stage allows us to build a depth of personal knowledge of the building and all its problems and important aesthetic qualities.
Some records will demand use of a specialist survey company, while at other times a measured set of drawings by our practice is considered to be the most appropriate solution.
We also recommend extensive photographic records are undertaken externally and internally. When a conservation or repairs and alterations project is planned, we know that is essential to do a lot of this work ourselves to get to know and fully appreciate the building. Laser scanned surveys and other specialist survey techniques are also very valuable, depending on circumstances.